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Japan's dairy capital sends idle tourism workers to farms

Hokkaido launches free portal to connect job seekers and employers

The island of Hokkaido is Japan's largest dairy producer. (Photo courtesy of Agriculture & Livestock Industries Corp.)

SAPPORO, Japan -- With its famed dairy industry facing a labor crunch, Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido has turned to hotel and restaurant workers who lost their jobs because of the coronavirus outbreak to plug the hole.

The Hokkaido government debuted a free platform on its website Thursday where employers can post job openings and contact information. Job seekers can browse the listings and contact potential employers directly.

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